Supreme Court advocacy has vastly improved in recent years, Justice Clarence Thomas said Monday, and he doesn’t blame clients for hiring top-tier lawyers to argue their cases.

“If there is a .400 hitter, you will go with someone who will increase your odds,” Thomas said at the court in a conversation with philanthropist David Rubenstein. The event was part of the annual meeting of the Supreme Court Historical Society, and Rubenstein is a trustee.

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